V I S U A L I N S P I R A T I O N

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She was angry at Paris
It had left her full of urges
Everything felt pink
Everything felt soft
Everything felt important
The only people who understood
Were still in Paris
She was alone with her
Awakened femininity
-Kiki E.-
Inspiration is vital. Here are some images that currently inspire me.

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L O V E

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Though a day late, this is my Valentine’s Day post. I was unable to get around to it yesterday for the very best of reasons: I was wrapped up in each minute that I got to spend with my love … he has a way of creating space for the moment… he has a calm sort of magic to him… a master of the art of the slowdown, the savor, + the subtle shift that the best kind of love feels like.

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I operate in the bold + the bright, the black + the white, the contrast + the commitment.  He is a watercolor + a soft wash, all kinds of gorgeous gray, afternoon light + summer shade. I am the absolute + he is the in between… without the other, our spectrum would be incomplete + missing so much beauty. I am so grateful for this man… and for the way he fills in the pieces of my world.

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P O W E R T O A S T

Power Toast
After posting about my morning ritual, I had reader requests asking me to elaborate on my morning meal.

I rotate through a few different options, but this power toast is by far my favorite.

Why?

It’s quick. Simple. Delicious. Filling. And packed with so many benefits.

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P A R K E R C L A Y

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When it comes to collaboration, I am quite particular.  When a brand comes my way I think through a myriad of things before sharing it with all of you (I am very protective of this beautiful community!):

  1. Is this a brand I already own or from which I would like to own pieces?
  2. Does this company’s mission resonate with my personal values?
  3. Would my readers find the story behind the products + the products themselves valuable?
  4. Would I be proud to be associated with this brand?

I don’t move forward unless the answer to all of the questions is an unequivocal, “YES!”

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When I had the opportunity to collaborate for a shoot with Parker Clay (all shot by the disarmingly talented photographer Carly Mask… follow her on Instagram for mega daily inspiration), I did my due diligence (reminder for those who don’t know… I’m an Active Member of the California Bar… laymen’s terms: that makes me a lawyer).

Being a Santa Barbara native, I already knew that Santa Barbara based Parker Clay carried absolutely stunning handcrafted pieces for both men + women.  That answered question number 1… but I still needed to make sure they were a fit for criteria 2 through 4…

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As I learned more about the story behind the company (+ after talking with one of the founders), I was moved beyond belief.  Normally, I like to tell the story in my own words… but their story is so powerful… I’ll let them tell it in their own words:

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G L A M C O M B A T

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Some days I’m a total Gemini (I’m actually a Cancer… but…)… there are days when it feels like I have two distinct personalities that are battling one another.  I chose this outfit on one such day.

Half of my personality was screaming: grunge! Comfort! Express your inner tomboy!

The other half was seductively purring: glam… gold… elegance.

I didn’t have time to wait around + see who won the argument… so I listened to both of them.

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V I S U A L I N S P I R A T I O N

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Days of isolation in the countryside
Filled with more inspiration than togetherness
The bite of the champagne
Gives the books new meaning
Lonely enchantment is broken
By the sound of tires on the gravel drive
– Kiki E. –

Inspiration is vital. Here are some images that currently inspire me.

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